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How Often Should I Change my Cabin Filter?

You are likely familiar with the air filter in your engine compartment. You probably even understand what it does and why it’s important. However, do you know about the cabin filter? This filter may not affect the function of your engine but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Read on to find out more about the cabin air filter and what it does, why it is important, and how often it should be changed.

What It Does

The cabin air filter, as you would expect, filters the air flowing into your vehicle’s interior. This allows clean air to come into your vehicle, making it more pleasant to ride in. The filter is a must if you have allergies to pollen and dust, which it filters out. In addition and more importantly, the filter’s main job is to keep all that stuff—the pollen, dust and other particles—out of the HVAC system. If this system gets a gunk build up, it can lead to heating and air condition problems and potentially even ruin the system. So, in short, making sure your cabin air filter is changed and kept clean is essential to being comfortable within your vehicle.

Check Owner’s Manual

When it comes to changing your cabin filter, your best bet is to check your owner’s manual. It can tell you not only when the filter should be changed but also where the filter is located and what type of filter you will need to use. Generally, though, the cabin filter is found in the HVAC housing. This could be accessed under the hood or through the dash inside the vehicle. You will need to replace it with a new filter. It cannot just be cleaned. Typically, the filter needs changing every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. A good rule of thumb to follow is by having it changed at every other oil change. However, remember that every vehicle is different, so you should look in the owner’s manual for the exact details about your specific make and model.

When it comes to keeping your vehicle in good shape, you have to make sure that you are taking care of every single part. This includes the cabin filter. It ensures that the HVAC system keeps running properly and helps to create a comfortable space inside your vehicle. When it needs to be changed, it may not be convenient, but it is best to be proactive and change it according to the instructions in your owner’s manual.